The social activist’s move to restructure his core team came against the backdrop of allegations that he was being misguided and used by his team members to fulfil their political agenda
Ralegaon Siddhi (Maharashtra): With his team rocked by controversies, social activist Anna Hazare on Monday said he plans to restructure his Core Committee to also give representation to religious minorities, tribals, Dalits and youths to strengthen the campaign against corruption, reports PTI.
Mr Hazare also hit out at the central government for targeting the key members of his team, alleging that those who are threatened by the Lokpal (anti-corruption ombudsman) movement are attacking his supporters and close aides and trying to break his team.
“They fear that their political career will be jeopardised if a strong Lokpal mechanism comes into effect,” he told reporters at his native village here in Maharashtra.
The social activist’s move to restructure his core team came against the backdrop of allegations that he was being misguided and used by his team members to fulfil their political agenda. Some key members in Team Anna—Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal—also faced alleged financial irregularities.
“We will take all sections in the Core Committee, Dalits, Muslims, Adivasis and all others. Nobody should complain that they were not given a chance,” the anti-corruption crusader said.
“Even youth will be well represented. Youth’s power in the committee is extremely necessary. Youths from different communities will be picked for the committee,” he added.
Mr Hazare recalled that when the Core Committee was formed there were complaints from some sections they were not given representation.
“That committee was for two-and-a-half months. But the committee that we will form now will be for a much longer period,” he added.
Mr Hazare said he and his team will not be cowed down by anyone and challenged the government to show any evidence of misconduct or irregularities committed by his team members.
“We have nothing to fear. The government is free to conduct any investigation against any of our team members but our fight against corruption will continue. Do it (the inquiry) not once but four times,” he added.
Ms Bedi is under the scanner regarding some inflated air travel bills while Mr Kejriwal faced allegations of diverting funds to his trust.
Plagued by controversies, Team Anna is also approaching retired judges requesting them to become part of a committee to be set up the civil society to probe the allegations against some of its members.
The potential KPO delivery locations, including China, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, are unlikely to challenge India’s dominant position in the market, but they have enabled many vendors to pursue a multi-shore strategy, a report from independent technology analyst firm Ovum revealed
Houston: India will continue to be at the forefront of the development of knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) industry for the foreseeable future, reports PTI.
However, in the recent years, a number of other viable KPO sourcing hubs have emerged in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a report from independent technology analyst firm Ovum.
The potential KPO delivery locations, including China, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, are unlikely to challenge India’s dominant position in the market, but they have enabled many vendors to pursue a multi-shore strategy, it said.
Ed Thomas, Ovum analyst and author of the report, said: “Being able to deliver services from multiple locations means providers can offer existing clients greater flexibility and minimise the risks associated with having all their operations in one facility, while at the same time tapping into fresh labour pools”.
The KPO industry is maturing and the range of services being provided has expanded as the market has developed. From its initial beginnings in research and analytics, the definition of KPO currently includes a variety of services, such as legal process outsourcing and clinical trial management, among others.
On the latter topic, Ed Thomas said: “A major challenge facing life sciences companies is the growing cost of research and development (R&D) and, as a result, a growing number of pharma companies are turning to outsourcing and off-shoring as ways of reducing these costs.
China is an attractive location for companies that run and manage all phases of the clinical trial process, as it offers a significant pool of potential patients in an important emerging market”.
Along with China, the Philippines is also becoming an increasingly important player in the KPO market. It has started to carve out a niche for itself in a number of key areas, including healthcare outsourcing (providing industry-specific services to hospitals and healthcare providers).
This market is expected to grow significantly during the next few years, with a notable increase in demand coming from the US as a result of the recent reforms in healthcare regulations.
Sri Lanka has also focused on developing skills around specific service lines. For example, the country has a significant number of qualified accountants, capable of providing the kind of high-end complex tasks associated with service areas such as equity and credit research.
The recent emergence of countries such as China, the Philippines and Sri Lanka as viable locations for KPO delivery has been a positive development for vendors, as it has enabled them to begin offering a blend of offshore and near-shore delivery while also giving them access to sizeable and previously untapped talent pools.
Here is another MLM, Grace Air Travels, which claims to give cash rewards and a tour to Thailand on selling travel packages
If easy income on filling surveys, selling household products or simply watching advertisements were not enough, here is a multi-level marketing (MLM) company, which claims to give money as well a free tour to Thailand on selling travel packages.
Grace Air Travels, registered in Allahabad, claims to be engaged in selling and marketing its travel packages through rewards and incentive based business plan. Though there are certain restrictions on the earning its business plan carries features of a typical MLM model.
To join this company, one has to purchase a travel package and become a “Business Travel Associate” (BT). To be eligible for incentives, he/she has to further sell and market the various packages of the company.
The company, on its website, has gold package, amounting for Rs8,995, which is a holiday stay voucher for three days and nights. There are various destinations, included in this package from Shimla to Goa across the country.
However, it is not as easy as it appears. The company had carefully added certain riders into its business plan such as, “…the voucher is not valid for peak seasons” and “…the company would decide the tour dates and timing, which need to be strictly adhered to”.
A member or BT has to introduce two people (A1 and A2) to the company and two more each under A1 (B1 and B2) and A2 (B3 and B4). On completing this cycle, the member becomes eligible for a trip to Thailand.
On further introducing more people on his both sides, apart from the above mentioned, he/she would be eligible for cash-back reward of Rs1,000, in addition to the Thailand trip.
Interestingly, it has a cap of Rs75,000 on the cash back incentives. It says, “Notwithstanding any thing contained anywhere, the company authorizes itself to create a fund/reserve for the payment of Cash-Back incentive and can suo moto put a cap on the inventive if it feels that the said fund/reserve is in the danger of getting depleted or falls below a stipulated determined level. The decision of the management of the Company would be final in this respect.”
Experts say that any business model based on introducing more people to join company and claiming to give high rewards is unsustainable. People should refrain from associating with companies with such business plan.
Meanwhile, there are numerous complaints against the company on the Internet. “Please don't join in Grace Tourism. It’s a biggest fraud company with very cheapest management and without a vision & they will change their business plan according to their wish…,” reads a complaint on www.consumercomplaints.com
Another complaint reads as, “…They (Grace Air Travels) are collecting money from noble and innocents people for that company. They are making false promises to send to Thailand... I would like to tell you that they have already cheated me & my father. They are big Fraud & cheaters. So please be aware of them, neither entertain them nor invest your precious money for that company...” I am your well wisher from Bangalore.